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The Best Prison TV Shows on Hulu

Finding a good Prison TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Prison TV shows of all time streaming on Hulu.

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1. Prison Break

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8.3/10
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90/100
Year: 2005-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.

Where to Watch: 87 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 89 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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2. Arrested Development

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8.7/10
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88/100
Year: 2003-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Comedy

What it's about: The story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.

Where to Watch: 76 episodes (84%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Hulu). 68 episodes (75%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. 24

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8.3/10
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85/100
Year: 2001-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 9
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: 24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network and syndicated worldwide, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each 24-episode season covers 24 hours in the life of Bauer, using the real time method of narration.

Where to Watch: 205 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 205 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. The Shield

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8.7/10
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84/100
Year: 2002-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 7
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.

Where to Watch: 90 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 92 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. Chicago P.D.

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77/100
Year: 2014-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: A riveting police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department's District 21 who put it all on the line to serve and protect their community. District 21 is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head-to-head with the city's street crimes and the Intelligence Unit that combats the city's major offenses - organized crime, drug trafficking, high profile murders and beyond.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (1%) are available to watch free online (NBC). 125 episodes (83%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & fuboTV). 39 episodes (26%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Oxygen, NBC & USA). 150 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. The Unit

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74/100
Year: 2006-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A covert team of special forces operatives risk their lives on undercover missions around the globe, while their wives maintain the homefront, protecting their husbands' secrets.

Where to Watch: 69 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 69 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. For Life

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74/100
Year: 2020-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: A prisoner becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (46%) are available to watch free online (ABC). 13 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 7 episodes (54%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (ABC).

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8. 60 Days In

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Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Comedy, Documentary

What it's about: An unprecedented look at life behind bars at Indiana's Clark County Jail as seven innocent volunteers are sent to live among its general population for 60 days without officers, fellow inmates, or staff knowing their secret.

Where to Watch: 62 episodes (71%) are available to watch free online (A&E, Tubi & IMDb TV). 73 episodes (84%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & fuboTV). 18 episodes (21%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (A&E). 84 episodes (97%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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9. Breakout Kings

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67/100
Year: 2011-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Driven by the fact that there are few things more dangerous than a prisoner who has just escaped, and tired of following protocol and resorting to outdated methods of law enforcement, veteran U.S. Marshals Charlie Duchamp and Ray Zancanelli are taking an unorthodox approach to their work: using former fugitives to catch fugitives.

Where to Watch: 23 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 23 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. Prisoners of War

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Year: 2010-2020Seasons: 2
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: After 17 years in captivity, Israeli soldiers Nimrode Klein, Uri Zach, and Amiel Ben Horin return home to the country that made them national icons. They work to overcome the trauma of torture and captivity while settling back into their interrupted family lives. Meanwhile, the military psychiatrist assigned to them finds discrepancies in the soldiers' testimonies, and launches an investigation to discover what they are hiding.

Where to Watch: 24 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 10 episodes (42%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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11. Banished

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64/100
Year: 2015-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, History

What it's about: At its heart, Banished is a story of survival. Though it is set in the stark historical reality of the founding of the penal colony in Australia in 1788 after the arrival of the First Fleet, it is not the story of Australia and how it came to be. Rather, it is a tale of love, faith, justice and morality played out on an epic scale in a confined community where the stakes are literally life and death.

Where to Watch: 11 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & BritBox). 11 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. Behind Bars: Rookie Year

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52/100
Year: 2015-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Reality

What it's about: An original docuseries following novice correctional officers as they begin their careers inside the walks of one of the most perilous prisons in America, the Penitentiary of New Mexico.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi). 8 episodes (40%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 19 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (A&E). 20 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. Dead Boss

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46/100
Year: 2012-2020Seasons: 1
Comedy

What it's about: Helen Stephens is wrongly sentenced to 12 years in prison for murdering her boss Eric Bridges, the managing director of Entirely Tiles. Although she is sure that it will only be a matter of time before this mistake is rectified, everyone around her seems to be conspiring to keep her behind bars. Lawyer Tony is incompetent, sister Laura wants her flat, and fiancé Justin - her alibi - has disappeared. Colleague Henry seems to be the only one willing to help, but he has an ulterior motive.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).